Like everybody else, I love Christmas decor. But decorating for the holidays can get expensive! Back around Halloween, I was in a favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel and as usual, I got sucked in to looking at all their decor. They know how to put on a beautiful display, but it hurts my pocketbook just to look at it. This year though, I was determined to try out for myself some decor inspired by what I saw at Cracker Barrel. This is Budget Friendly Holiday Decor- DIY Christmas Trees! Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to enter my GIVEAWAY!
Now, I’ll bet you want to see my inspiration trees. They were so beautiful in person, but I was astonished to see the trees were $49.99 each! I knew for sure I could reproduce them for a whole lot less. Forgive my pictures, as I took these two below with my camera phone. Using foam tree forms, basic greenery, hot glue and spray paint, I made them both for less than $20 total. That’s an 80% savings! Not to toot my own horn, but I ended up liking mine even more!
Here is how I made them. First, the leaves tree. I used basic (affiliate links) Foam cone trees (15 inch and 12 inch), hot glue and Krylon Spray Paint in Caramel Latte for both projects. I also used Artificial Ficus Tree Branches for this particular tree. I began by cutting off all the leaves and arranging them by size. My Ficus had three different leaf sizes. Beginning with the largest leaves, I glued them wrong side out equal distant all the way around the cone. I chose the wrong side out because the plastic ribs on the leaves would show up better after I spray painted the leaves.
Keep glueing leaves evenly spaced all the way to the top, largest leaves to smallest leaves as you get closer to the top. Just make sure there is no foam left exposed.
Finally, time for my favorite part, SPRAY PAINT! My new favorite metallic color is the Caramel Latte spray paint by Krylon. It’s not gold, nor silver or really even champagne or bronze. Its the perfect neutral metallic and I am in love!
Now for the feather tree. I knew the foam cone would be showing through for this one, so I went ahead and spray painted the cone first. Then using an artificial Feather Fern Spray(similar) I glued the sprays individually around the cone until it was completely covered. Then, my trusty spray paint finished off the project. I also finished this one with a bit of Gold Spray Glitter by Krylon followed by Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray to keep the glitter on the tree instead of on my floors!
So easy, right? All in, I spent about $19 for both trees because I already had the spray paints. That’s a really big savings over the $49.99 for each tree! What do you think? Do mine look just as good as Cracker Barrel’s? They may not be perfect, but I’ve got $80 extra in my pocket to buy my Husband’s Christmas gift! What Christmas DIYs have you tried? Tell me in the comments below.
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